Creating a Vision in the Midst of a Quiet Season

Last month, I stepped outside of my comfort zone to attend a vision board party. The day before the event, I went to Target to get a cute board of some sort - maybe a hexagonal corkboard like our hostess used as an example. Or maybe a foam board so I could write phrases in … Continue reading Creating a Vision in the Midst of a Quiet Season

We Are Free to Love

My friend dropped her daughter off for a day of playing with Bea. Her daycare was on a holiday so I had agreed to host another 2-year-old for the day. After organizing snacks and lunches, my friend was about to leave when I blurted out, We just found out we're miscarrying. Timing is everything, isn't it? … Continue reading We Are Free to Love

As Light Grows

It can be easy to look back to my childhood and think how different the world was. Of course, I'm remembering this world through eyes of a child. My world was my universe and stretched to the places I could walk and explore. When I was Bea's age, my world also included our neighborhood in … Continue reading As Light Grows

Finding God in Thin Places

I made the mistake of reading the news early on Saturday morning. We were all sitting around the fire, reading books and snuggling. The girls started playing and I checked my phone. Over and over again this year, I've read the news with a heaviness and disappointment. Many of the laws passed (or trying to … Continue reading Finding God in Thin Places

I Respectfully Disagree

One of the challenges of parenting that I find simultaneously most draining, most hopeful, and most constant is finding the balance of teaching respect and allowing our daughters to feel and express their emotions. And believe me, there are so many emotions to feel! From learning to share to a project not going a certain … Continue reading I Respectfully Disagree

Don’t Let the Light Go Out

The presents are opened. Visitors have gone home. Frank is back at work. Toys and metallic glitter markers and new books are still piled on surfaces, waiting to find a home. (Or, as much of a home as a constantly used playroom allows...) On Christmas Day, we burned our Advent candles down to small stubs. This … Continue reading Don’t Let the Light Go Out

Finding Hope in the Messiness

Advent either started yesterday or last Sunday, depending on how you observe the season. Regardless, we've gotten off to a semi-rocky start. We've had a dinner-long meltdown during our candlelit meal because I wouldn't turn off all the lights; I forgot to print out the Jesse Tree ornaments that go along with Unwrapping the Greatest Gift; … Continue reading Finding Hope in the Messiness

When Life is a Badger Fight

Look mom - my knee is all scraped because I got in a fight with a badger. I looked at Bea's already scabbed and newly bloodied knee. It did, indeed, look as though she had gotten in a fight with a badger. The source was from biking too fast, taking too many sharp turns, and … Continue reading When Life is a Badger Fight

Hope in Tomorrow

We were at Costco a couple days ago and Bea insisted on steering the cart. In other grocery stores this is an awkward but doable request. (As long as the store is fairly empty...) Costco's carts, like their products, are larger than the average so Bea has to strain to reach the handle. It took us … Continue reading Hope in Tomorrow